The pageant of incompetence continues at the Obama White House. Remember when we said this? Let us see if we have this mapped out. The United States backed protesters in Egypt, demanded Ḥusnī Mubārak resign immediately, got chummy with the …Continue reading →
The Czar ponders what might be done with Egypt. In passing, he describes the Volgi as a foreign-policy cynic. One thinks of oneself as an empiricist more than a cynic, but perhaps the eye of the beholder governs. The short …Continue reading →
The Czar tends to be the optimist; he leaves cynicism for 孔夫子, the Œcumenical Volgi (The Notorious ŒV) as the latter is far more experienced in matters of Что делать. But what is to be done seems to be the …Continue reading →
A lot of weird stuff is coming to light about the Benghazi attacks. By now, we have already established what happened, down to which room the Ambassador was hiding in, and how he was forced out with fire. This is …Continue reading →
The great and powerful Eric Reasons send us a fantastic link by tying it to a dead ptarmigan and tossing it our way through the Castle window (which was closed): Thought I’d toss this your way after your excellent rant …Continue reading →
Both liberals and conservatives need to get over themselves with the events of September 11, 2012, and focus on what actually happened. Not surprisingly, each needs to get over something different; even less surprisingly, the Czar has plenty of advice …Continue reading →
The President cannot claim any real superiority in foreign policy; as recent events show, foreign crises are irritating things that seem to serve no other purpose than to interrupt his fund raising. What the heck are Libya and Egypt thinking? …Continue reading →
‘Puter had thought to post concerning the cowardly and brutal sexual assault on CBS News reporter Lara Logan, but chickened out. Then Czar, as is his wont, rushed in where angels fear to tread, posting a thoughtful and reasoned analysis …Continue reading →
JS enclosed this into a wine bottle UPC bar code using his stegographic skills. Dear the The Czar, Have you seen the news articles about the poor female reporter who was assaulted during the celebrations in Cairo? I was reading …Continue reading →
Your Czarness: While your good buddy Hosni enjoys a little rest and recuperation in Sharm el-Shaik, I thought it might be a good time for Those-Who- Dwell- in-Castle -Gormogon to use their manifest powers to tidy up a few loose …Continue reading →
You know how we often say that the major media will write stories to fit a pre-decided template and if the news does not fit that template, they will change it until it does? You will recall Tunisia overthrew their …Continue reading →
The Czar received this letter from Egyptian landmark Ḥusnī Mubārak. Evidently, the Czar was to have released this to the world media or something, but was under the weather and forgot. Instead of that, we will simply post it here …Continue reading →
Your Czarness: Might I offer a random observation concerning your first points in yesterday’s “News Roundup”? Now you might be sitting in your frozen castle up in Muscovy wondering what in tarnation Sarah Palin and Mohammed El-Baradei could possibly have …Continue reading →
As the situation worsens in Egypt, you continue to hear references to The Domino Theory. First Tunisia, now Egypt, and protests (or attempts at protests) are taking place in Jordan, Yemen, and Syria. The success of one protest emboldens the …Continue reading →
This is making the rounds on the internet (most recently, I saw it on Gizmodo): GorTGorT is an eight-foot-tall robot from the 51ˢᵗ Century who routinely time-travels to steal expensive technology from the future and return it to the past …Continue reading →
BBC News reports that over 100,000 people have begun highly vocal, organized protests in Yemen, echoing the Egyptian protests. No official government response in Yemen yet. The Czar of MuscovyБожію Поспѣшествующею Милостію Мы, Дима Грозный Императоръ и Самодержецъ Всероссiйскiй, цѣсарь …Continue reading →
The news isn’t getting better – there are reports that the Egyptian police forces are no longer patrolling the border with the Palestine-controlled Rafah (معبر رفح). Reports also indicate that armed Hamas members are crossing into Egypt and coordinating with …Continue reading →
There is a joke once popular among Egyptians and more appropriate now than ever. Roughly translated, it goes like this: The Angel of Death comes to Ḥusnī Mubārak, and says It is time. Say good bye to the Egyptian people. …Continue reading →
Haaretz is reporting some encouraging news, in that a senior US official believes an unspecified number of Arab states have agreed to make overtures to Israel, perhaps as a prelude to normalizing relations with Israel. Presently, only two Arab countries …Continue reading →
So evidently, Joe Biden has given Israel permission to take on Iran. By that, we mean hardball. Yeah, the US would like to see Iran negotiate, but If the Netanyahu government decides to take a course of action different than …Continue reading →
Had to read this one twice. The headline says Egypt Wants 3,000-Year-Old Wooden Coffin Illegally Smuggled Into U.S.. And so the Czar blinks and says, Why not just send it to us normally? Oh, they want it returned. Nice editing, …Continue reading →
This may be an overdue reckoning, or it may just be the inevitable result of Musharraf’s downfall. The more public opinion—not to mention the military and ISI—comes into play in Pakistan, the less well we’re going to do in in …Continue reading →
…that, amazingly, Iraq could end up with a decent government. Inter-group reconciliation is a heck of a good sign for a society that was for decades a tyranny of a single clan (the al-Tikrîtiyya) and then, not a couple years …Continue reading →
…our actual policy of supporting democratic activists seems be defunct as well. Dammit. Hosni Mubarak has been pretty damn good at defanging what looked like a burgeoning pro-democracy movement in Egypt. Not only has Sa‘ad ed-Din Ibrahim been made an …Continue reading →
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